Special Report

50 Most Popular Female Comedians

Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

Comedy has historically been a field saturated with men. While male comedians often receive the most media exposure, women have been behind some of the best and most innovative contributions to comedy in both recent years and throughout the history of the genre.

In Comedy Central’s list of 100 Greatest Standups, just seven are women. Many other popular rankings of comedians are dominated by men. To highlight many of the contributions women made in the field of comedy, 24/7 Wall St. created a ranking of the best female comedians using data from Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database.

Click here to see the full list of the best female comedians.
Click here to see our detailed findings and methodology.

Source: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

50. Alex Borstein
> Average IMDb rating: 7.7/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,322
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Shameless” (8.7/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

49. Natasha Leggero
> Average IMDb rating: 7.5/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,506
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Comedy Central Presents” (8.1/10)

Source: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

48. Vicki Lawrence
> Average IMDb rating: 7.7/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,439
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Vicki!” (7.7/10)

Source: Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images

47. Vanessa Bayer
> Average IMDb rating: 7.6/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,672
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Sound Advice” (7.6/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Joe Scarnici / Getty Images

46. Chelsea Handler
> Average IMDb rating: 6.0/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,153
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Comedy Central Presents” (8.1/10)

Source: Jason Kempin / Getty Images

45. Cecily Strong
> Average IMDb rating: 7.0/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,249
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “2015 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner” (7.0/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Tommaso Boddi / Getty Images

44. Ali Wong
> Average IMDb rating: 7.6/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,750
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Fresh Off the Boat” (8.0/10)

Source: Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

43. Hannah Hart
> Average IMDb rating: 8.4/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,060
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “My Drunk Kitchen” (8.4/10)

Source: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

42. Tracey Ullman
> Average IMDb rating: 7.2/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,150
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Tracey Ullman: A Class Act” (8.3/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

41. Rosie O’Donnell
> Average IMDb rating: 6.4/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,120
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “America” (6.4/10)

Source: Mike Windle / Getty Images

40. Nancy Carell
> Average IMDb rating: 7.8/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,796
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Angie Tribeca” (7.0/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images

39. Colleen Ballinger
> Average IMDb rating: 7.9/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,711
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Miranda Sings: Selp Helf” (6.9/10)

Source: Vivien Killilea / Getty Images

38. Abbi Jacobson
> Average IMDb rating: 8.3/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,364
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Broad City” (8.7/10)

Source: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

37. Samantha Bee
> Average IMDb rating: 7.1/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,486
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Detour” (7.8/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Noam Galai / Getty Images

36. Valerie Harper
> Average IMDb rating: 7.5/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,224
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Love, American Style” (6.9/10)

Source: Joe Scarnici / Getty Images

35. Andrea Martin
> Average IMDb rating: 8.6/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,275
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “SCTV” (8.5/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

34. Kate Micucci
> Average IMDb rating: 7.7/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,239
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Garfunkel and Oates” (7.7/10)

Source: Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images

33. Megan Mullally
> Average IMDb rating: 4.7/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,992
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Megan Mullally Show” (5.9/10)

Source: Tim P. Whitby / Getty Images

32. Connie Booth
> Average IMDb rating: 8.9/10
> Daily avg. page views: 1,215
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Fawlty Towers” (8.8/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Paul Marotta / Getty Images

31. Jenny McCarthy
> Average IMDb rating: 3.5/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,190
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Dirty Love” (3.5/10)

Source: John Sciulli / Getty Images

30. Aisha Tyler
> Average IMDb rating: 6.1/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,845
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Committed” (6.7/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

29. Fran Drescher
> Average IMDb rating: 7.8/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,368
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Nanny” (6.9/10)

Source: Monika Fellner / Getty Images

28. Roseanne Barr
> Average IMDb rating: 7.4/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,827
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Roseanne” (7.0/10)

Source: Paras Griffin / Getty Images

27. Leslie Jones
> Average IMDb rating: 7.0/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,240
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Saturday Night Live” (8.1/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images

26. Melissa Rauch
> Average IMDb rating: 6.0/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,292
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Bronze” (6.0/10)

Source: Emma McIntyre / Getty Images

25. Maya Rudolph
> Average IMDb rating: 7.1/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,553
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Maya & Marty” (6.7/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

24. Bette Midler
> Average IMDb rating: 7.4/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,337
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Bette Midler: Art or Bust” (8.8/10)

Source: Vivien Killilea / Getty Images

23. Ilana Glazer
> Average IMDb rating: 8.3/10
> Daily avg. page views: 2,472
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Broad City” (8.7/10)

Source: Jason Kempin / Getty Images

22. Kathy Griffin
> Average IMDb rating: 7.0/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,435
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Kathy Griffin: Allegedly” (7.9/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images

21. Tiffany Haddish
> Average IMDb rating: 7.1/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,375
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Who’s Got Jokes?” (7.8/10)

Source: PBS / Wikimedia Commons

20. Shelley Duvall
> Average IMDb rating: 7.8/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,846
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Shelley Duvall’s Bedtime Stories” (7.8/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

19. Chelsea Peretti
> Average IMDb rating: 7.6/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,148
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Parks and Recreation” (8.6/10)

Source: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

18. Shirley MacLaine
> Average IMDb rating: 7.2/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,651
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir” (7.5/10)

Source: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

17. Allison Williams
> Average IMDb rating: 6.7/10
> Daily avg. page views: 5,250
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Will & Kate: Before Happily Ever After” (6.3/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Jerod Harris / Getty Images

16. Lily Tomlin
> Average IMDb rating: 8.0/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,150
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Lily Tomlin Special” (8.4/10)

Source: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

15. Carol Burnett
> Average IMDb rating: 8.8/10
> Daily avg. page views: 3,493
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Carol Burnett Show” (8.8/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Theo Wargo / Getty Images

14. Tina Fey
> Average IMDb rating: 7.3/10
> Daily avg. page views: 5,262
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “30 Rock” (8.2/10)

Source: Jamie McCarthy / Getty Images

13. Whoopi Goldberg
> Average IMDb rating: 6.4/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,260
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway” (8.6/10)

Source: Robin Marchant / Getty Images

12. Amy Schumer
> Average IMDb rating: 6.1/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,755
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Inside Amy Schumer” (6.5/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Thos Robinson / Getty Images

11. Mindy Kaling
> Average IMDb rating: 8.2/10
> Daily avg. page views: 4,876
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Office” (8.8/10)

Source: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

10. Sarah Silverman
> Average IMDb rating: 6.7/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,378
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Saturday Night Live” (8.1/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

9. Kristen Wiig
> Average IMDb rating: 6.8/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,283
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Bridesmaids” (6.8/10)

Source: Sarah Kerver / Getty Images

8. Jenny Slate
> Average IMDb rating: 7.7/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,167
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” (8.1/10)

Source: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images

7. Melissa McCarthy
> Average IMDb rating: 5.1/10
> Daily avg. page views: 9,041
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Boss” (5.4/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Christopher Polk / Getty Images

6. Amy Poehler
> Average IMDb rating: 8.2/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,224
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Parks and Recreation” (8.6/10)

Source: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

5. Lisa Kudrow
> Average IMDb rating: 8.1/10
> Daily avg. page views: 6,470
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “The Comeback” (8.0/10)

[in-text-ad]

Source: Jeff Spicer / Getty Images

4. Aubrey Plaza
> Average IMDb rating: 6.5/10
> Daily avg. page views: 8,264
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “UCB Comedy Originals” (6.5/10)

Source: Brad Barket / Getty Images

3. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
> Average IMDb rating: 8.5/10
> Daily avg. page views: 7,257
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist” (7.5/10)

Source: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

2. Kate McKinnon
> Average IMDb rating: 7.6/10
> Daily avg. page views: 8,286
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “Notary Publix” (8.1/10)

[in-text-ad-2]

Source: Getty Images

1. Ellen DeGeneres
> Average IMDb rating: 7.2/10
> Daily avg. page views: 11,432
> Highest rated TV show or movie: “My Short Film” (8.0/10)

Detailed Findings & Methodology

“Saturday Night Live” has historically been a gateway for many women comedians in achieving mainstream popularity. Some of the most popular comedians today — Kate McKinnon, Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig, and Tina Fey — got their start on the show. Many women from the original 1975 cast, such as Gilda Radner and Jane Curtin, are also among the most popular funny people.

Other top comedians cut their teeth doing stand-up for years before transitioning to film or television. Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and Chelsea Peretti performed in small clubs and theaters for more than a decade before going on to create or star in their own shows: “Inside Amy Schumer,” “The Sarah Silverman Show,” and “Brooklyn 99.”

Some of the best comedians achieved success through a smash sitcom and continue to garner mainstream fame in syndication. Roseanne Barr, Lisa Kudrow, and Lucille Ball are just a few of the names behind some of the most acclaimed television series of all time.

In recent years, the number of platforms available for comedians has expanded rapidly. Megan Amram, for example, was able to parlay a popular Twitter account into a writing job on “Parks and Recreation.” She has also since authored the successful “Science…For Her!” parody textbook. Similarly, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer were able to transition “Broad City” from a small web series into a Comedy Central hit show after executive producer and fellow comedienne Amy Poehler became aware of the comedy duo on YouTube.

As more women in comedy are making their mark, they are also taking a stand against the industry’s current culture. In recent weeks, a number of women went on-the-record with sexual harassment claims against powerful Hollywood gatekeepers — actors, showrunners, producers, and more. Their accounts of trauma and assault reveal a culture of talented women losing roles or being outcast in other ways as a result of their speaking out or refusing to be victims. As more women are heard, and the misogynistic culture of the entertainment industry is exposed, more talented women may get the roles and exposure they deserve.

To determine the best female comedians, 24/7 Wall St. created an index ranking based on data from Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database. The daily average Wikipedia page views for a comedian between November 14, 2016 and November 14, 2017 were included in the index and given full weight. The average IMDb user ratings for the television shows, television specials, and films that a comedian both starred in and wrote, according to IMDb, were also given full weight and included in the index. To be considered for the list, a comedian must be listed within the Wikipedia category American women comedians. Ratings are for the entire series, not just the episode in which the comedian starred.

ALERT: Take This Retirement Quiz Now  (Sponsored)

Take the quiz below to get matched with a financial advisor today.

Each advisor has been vetted by SmartAsset and is held to a fiduciary standard to act in your best interests.

Here’s how it works:
1. Answer SmartAsset advisor match quiz
2. Review your pre-screened matches at your leisure. Check out the advisors’ profiles.
3. Speak with advisors at no cost to you. Have an introductory call on the phone or introduction in person and choose whom to work with in the future

Take the retirement quiz right here.

Thank you for reading! Have some feedback for us?
Contact the 24/7 Wall St. editorial team.